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Men Get Eating Disorders Too supports Weight Stigma Awareness Week

Men Get Eating Disorders Too is pleased to be a supporting organisation for the 3rd annual ‘Weight Stigma Awareness Week’ due to commence on 23rd September 2013 led by the Binge Eating Disorders Association (BED).

The main theme of the event is ‘Start Where You Are: Looking within to end weight stigma.’ The campaign calls for individuals to explore your own biases and develop compassionate strategies to help yourself & others.

Together, our collective goal, is to::
• Increasing awareness of the pervasiveness and destructive nature of weight stigma, and
• Providing effective strategies for combating weight stigma

This FREE blog conference will feature 35 bloggers and experts writing original content supporting these topics:
• Weight Stigma in Diverse Populations
• Health and Weight Stigma
• Consequences of Weight Stigma in Healthcare, Employment and Education
• Weight Stigma Research
• Weight Stigma Viewed Through the Eating Disorders Lens – Clinical
• Combating Weight Stigma

Additional events during the week include a virtual mixer with Keynote Address by Brian Cuban, author of Shattered Image, a Tweetchat, webinars, and more!

Sam Thomas, MGEDT Founder and Director, said: “We believe ending weight stigma is key to addressing some of the issues relating to eating disorders, in particular those with binge eating disorders and weight issues/obesity.

“Only by ending body talk (in the negative) can we truly begin to understand the issues. In my view ‘fattism’ is one of the few taboos in society that remains unchallenged.

Visit the Facebook event page Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013 and follow on Twitter with the hashtags #WSAW, #weight, #stigma, #bodyimage, #bullying or visit the BEDA website at www.bedaonline.com.

Imagine a world where people are supported in living happy, healthy lives; free of judgment about the size of their bodies…this is the mission of BEDA’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week.

Whether it is children being teased and bullied in school because of their weight, adults being discriminated against in the work payday loan place, or patients being shamed in a physician’s office, weight stigma insidiously affects a variety of people,” says Chevese Turner, CEO of the Binge Eating Disorder Association.

So we want to raise awareness around weight stigma and how focusing on weight rather than health and valuing smaller sizes can, in fact, have a negative effect on the physical and mental health of a person-of-size—especially those who have

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or are predisposed to eating disorders.”

To find out more about what weight stigma is, tools to combat it and other ways to get involved, please visit the BEDA website.

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